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Jamie xx to soundtrack a painting at London’s National Gallery

Soundscapes exhibition will see musicians taking on a painting of their choice.

Jamie xx is set to provide a soundtrack for a painting of his choice, at London’s National Gallery.

The producer is one of several artists to have signed up for Soundscapes, which runs from 8th July to 6th September this year. The process involves musicians picking a painting and making a ‘sound installation’, based on the art. They have six paintings to choose from, and the gallery’s Sainsbury Wing will host a soundproofed room where both works can be heard in sync.

Gallery director Dr Nicolas Penny says: “When sounds have been composed in response to a work of art they can encourage – even compel – concentration. Furthermore, it can combine with an image to captivate and transport us. Silence, afterwards, is not the same.”

Jamie xx has chosen the painting ‘Coastal Scene’, by Théo van Rysselberghe.

Other acts involved in Soundscapes include George Bures Miller, Nico Muhly and Chris Watson.

Tickets are on sale today, 30th April 2015, priced at £10 for adults. Members go free.

Jamie xx’s debut album ‘In Colour’ is released 1st June on Young Turks.

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